Neighbourhood Health Worker – Age Friendly
My role in buzz is to work across the central Manchester neighbourhoods, using an asset based and co-design approach to develop age friendly neighbourhoods where people can live and age well.
I started my professional career supporting the development of a vegetarian workers cooperative café having spent most of my youth volunteering with various community groups and organisations. I then moved onto a community development role with Bolton CVS, supporting connections between marginalised groups and the CCG to improve health services for local people. Following this I was seconded into Age UK as the Project Officer for Bolton’s Ambition for Ageing program, this role helped me focus my energy on co-producing age friendly communities with older residents and gave me valuable insight into the qualities older people bring to our communities. I started with buzz in 2019 and hope to continue working with residents and empowering people to be part of building and shaping the places where they live.
buzz plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of residents within Manchester’s neighbourhoods. What I love most is being part of the innovative thinking which takes place between local residents and organisations to look at what makes their neighbourhood healthy, and growing these ideas into something that can bring wider benefit.
I was born in and grew up in Bolton but throughout my adult life have lived in various locations around Manchester and Salford. I am passionate about people and spend my spare time doing a lot of talking and socialising with my friends, I love to meet new people. I have also been vegan since I was 15 years old as I believe that in a world where you can be anything, being kind is a great place to start!
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